Special to Al Jazeera Net
Capture of Jerusalem- The Jerusalem Governorate, the Palestinian government agency, said that since January 20, Israeli settlers have converted the Okasha Mosque, northwest of Jerusalem, into a synagogue, claiming it contains the tomb of Benjamin, brother of the Prophet Joseph. peace be upon him.
In a report from the spot, Al Jazeera Net revealed that the part that was actually converted into a synagogue is a building topped with a dome, in which the bodies of Muslim leaders are buried. It is adjacent to the mosque designated for prayer and closed by occupation, which turned its yard into a park for settlers.
The settlers placed candles and Bible scrolls inside the shrine, and prayed in front of Islamic gravestones covered with white cloth.
The Israeli narrative, which is based on settlement ambitions, denies the characteristics of this place. Mihrabs, arched structures, domes and tombs are all evidence of the Islamic history and identity of the place. Perhaps the tower remains the best witness.
In the 1920s, Jews attacked the mosque and destroyed its contents. After the occupation of Jerusalem in 1948, it was completely closed and the area around it turned into a neighborhood for religious Jews.
Ihab al-Jallad, a researcher specializing in Jerusalem affairs, talks about the history of the place, the story of the Mamluk and Ayyubid era tombs, its use over the ages and the failure of attempts to restore it.
Al-Jallad states that the construction of the present mosque dates back to the Ottoman period, and that it has a strategic location on the Jerusalem-Jaffa road, which was used as a resting place by travelers.
He points out that the Islamic tombs are of princes and military commanders of the Mamluk period, and they are, based on the book “The Venerable Man in the History of Jerusalem and Hebron”: Martyr Prince Hussam al-Din Abu al-Hassan bin Abi al- -Fawaris al-Qaymari, and he died in the ten days between Dhul-Qaida in the year 648 AH/1250 AD. Prince Diya al-Din bin Abi al-Fawaris, and died on the 10th of Dhul-Qiada in the year 648 Hijri/1250 AD, and Prince Hussam al-Din Khidr al-Qaymari, and died in the year 661 Hijri/1262 AD. He died on the 14th of Dhul-Qi'ida in the year 665 AH/1266 AD, and Prince Nasir al-Din Abu al-Hasan al-Qaymari, and his death on the tenth of Safar in the year 665 AH/1266 AD. and Prince Nasir al-Din Muhammad Jaber Bey, one of the princes of al-Tablakhana in the Levant, and supervisor of the Two Holy Mosques in Jerusalem and Hebron, and he died in the year 776 AH/1374 AD.